Cross Platforming- Physical Testing in one week!
Today I finally got out to North Conway again, to pick up some gear that I’ve been needing, for both athletics now and hiking this summer. I also got a chance to show my Mom and Sisters the ride Gould Cycling did on Wednesday, which was absolutely awesome. Some killer hills and good coffee and smiles all around.
Anyways, those hills do still seem steep. You know its a good hill when you can feel yourself getting pressed into the back of your seat a little bit. They were really killer on a bike though!
So, I haven’t had running shoes in pretty close to 2 years now. Don’t ask me why, I just stopped running. I was either biking, skiing or on the playing field with cleats, so I just bought hang around shoes that I could wear around school, when slacklining and sometimes downhill mountain biking. Finally, today I bought a pair of running shoes. With physical testing for skiing right around the bend, I figured I should stop dealing with shin splints. I want to be able to walk next week, which is something I couldn’t say after the last 3 physical testing sessions. Skate shoes and low cut hiking shoes are NOT proper running atire.
Anyways, I picked up a flashy new pair of neon green nikes (on the cheap at the nike outlet) and some new athletic shorts (I’ve been running low… I don’t know where they all went!). They are really light, which I liked a lot.
So my fastest mile has been between mid 7 minute and mid 8 minute since like 7th grade, when I started to really try to run cross country and track. I’ve always hated running, it just feels like it’s trashing my knees constantly. When I got home today, I hadn’t drank any water all day, but wanted to try out my new shoes. I tossed on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, and headed out on a slightly hilly one mile loop. When I got back, I realized that it had only been 6 minutes and 38 seconds! I didn’t believe my own watch!
So I’ve had a bit of time to think about what did that now, and that’s where the title came from. I haven’t ran in almost 7 months- That rules out any running training I’ve been doing. Sure, the new shoes might have helped, but as my parents, grandparents and other family members always say, it’s not the gear, it’s the engine. So I kinda cut those out of the equation. I’ve been eating a bit healthier lately, so that might of helped. But the Friendly’s half pound burger and ice cream sunday at lunch with a coffee afterwords certainly did not. This lead me to believe a unique phenomena – My biking actually helped my running! Huh!
Although it didn’t feel all so great, I did run faster, and I think it’s partially due to some larger lung capacity gained through road cycling. Absolutely awesome. I couldn’t have asked for any better (actually, I was hoping to break the 9 minute mark. I didn’t think I was going to be able to run at all.)
So anyways, if you can’t get out to do something that you need to train for, find something you can do that has some type of cross-over to what it is. If I found that cycling can help my running, I’m sure you can find stuff to help you out, and maybe mix it up a bit too! Break the daily grind every now and then!
May the blue skies and mayflowers grace your future!(we’ve certainly seen enough April showers here…)
Oh, and by the way, if you are ever in the North Conway area and are craving a great cup o’ joe, head over to the Frontside Grind! They are located near Joe Jone’s ski and bike shop, on the White Mountain Highway. They have some great service, and are super friendly!